You may have or may not have noticed that LezGetReal.com has been removed from our Newsfeed. It truly, truly saddens me to have to write this. One of our favorite websites, Lez Get Real, was run by a fraud. The editor-in-chief, Paula Brooks, is really a 58 year old retired Ohio military man and construction worker who said he had adopted his wife’s identity online. This woman had no idea this was going on behind her back.
Here’s where it gets tough. I exchanged emails with “Paula”. Back when The L Stop was building rapport with other lesbian websites, Lez Get Real, was a real contender for The L Stop News Feed.
I contacted “Paula” and she was kind, excited and very friendly. Why would I question this persons sex? If you say you’re Paula Brooks, my instinct is to believe you. Here’s a screenshot of one of our first exchanges with some info blocked out.
Not only does this person claim they are who they are, but then they go on to say they have Chicago connections to start building the special connection with me. This is manipulation at its finest. Makes one wonder if this person has a history of mental illness. This all became unraveled when we first heard of the “Gay Girl in Damascus”, a blog written by a Syrian-American lesbian, Amina Arraf, living in Damascus. CNN posted an article that she may have been kidnapped. Since there was a connection of this Syrian blogger to the Lez Get Real blog, many began contacting Paula Brooks for information. That’s when the real blogger behind Amina Arraf came clean. Turns out the man behind “Gay Girl in Damascus” is really Tom McCaster an America 40 yr old man living in Georgia who ran this 4 month hoax. He apologized for this on Sunday.
Suspicions then turned on Brooks who avoided phone interviews and communication. Today, Monday, the Washington Post was able to get Graber to admit that he was posing as Paula Brooks. Please see the Washington Posts full article and Autostraddle has a great article on this as well.
As I find out more about this I will update everyone. What about the rest of the staff at Lez Get Real? Was it all run by men? Is the entire website a fraud? Did any of the staff ever meet in person? Why are they doing this? I hope to find out all these answers.
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